Buy a Business or Start From Scratch
Not everyone interested in starting a business wants to start from scratch. One alternative is to buy into a franchise. Another alternative is to buy an ongoing business. Business publications contain listings of businesses for sale. One such place to look is bizjournals.com. You can look up businesses by state and city.
Of course, you have to know how to value the business or find someone who can do it for you. You will need to evaluate the financial statements and develop cashflow projections. A discounted cashflow analysis would be helpful to determine if the pricing of the business is reasonable. An experienced certified public accountant can probably guide you through a careful analysis.
For more information about valuing a business, your public library most likely has books in its collection to help you learn about it. Here is one book to try: How to buy and/or sell a small business for maximum profit: a step-by-step guide with companion CD-ROM by by René V. Richards. You will find it at Arapahoe Library District.